One of the fastest rising stars of the AVP CROCS Tour, Matt Fuerbringer was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2003. Along with his partner Casey Jennings, Fuerbringer made it into the finals four times in 2003, tying for the most among all teams.
During the 2004 season, they captured their first victory at the Belmar Open. They appeared in two additional championship matches, giving them the second-most of any team on the Tour that year. In 2005 Fuerbringer won twice more, both with Jennings, in San Diego and Hermosa Beach. Fuerbringer finished the 2005 season ranked fourth in blocks (316), first in kill percentage (.609) and third in hitting percentage (.448). No other active team has played in more domestic events together than Fuerbringer and Jennings have.
Prior to making the transition to beach, “Fuerby” enjoyed a successful indoor college career at Stanford University where he graduated with a degree in American Studies. He was named four-time All-American (one of two players who were the first to accomplish that feat), Freshman of the Year, Outstanding Senior Athlete and was a member of the 1997 NCAA National Championship team. He remains as the team’s career leader in kills, and also ranks in the top five in aces and blocks. His final block sealed the only NCAA title for Stanford, on a team which included Mike Lambert and Andy Witt.
Fuerbringer spent five years playing professionally in Europe and speaks Spanish. He has also spent time writing for DIG Magazine about traveling abroad to play beach volleyball.
In the off-season, Fuerbringer is the strength and conditioning coach for the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club, which is owned by his wife Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer, a former All-American at Long Beach State.
Fuerbringer currently resides in Redondo Beach, California with his wife Joy and two children.
Q & A
When did you start playing beach volleyball?
Started playing indoor in junior high, started beach volleyball when I was 18 years old.
Number of years participating in Beach Volleyball?
this is my 7th year on the AVP tour
How many years professional?
This is my 7th year as a pro beach volleyball player and before that I played professionally indoor for 5 years.
Who/what inspires you?
People who love what they do and will stop at nothing to follow their dreams.
If you were not a pro beach volleyball player what would you do?
Don't know but I know I wouldn't be behind a desk working 9-5.
What is more important to you than volleyball?
Bands: Bob Marley Films: True Romance, Big Lebowski Books: Warrior of the Light TV Shows: Californiacation Drink: Rockstar
To me, Oakley is:
Bands: Bob Marley
Films: True Romance, Big Lebowski
Books: Warrior of the Light
TV Shows: Californiacation
What shot or skill are you working on?
5 items you couldn't live without?
Oakley's, sunscreen, computer, surfboards, sports
If you could be someone famous from another sport, who would you be?
Michael Jordan, not off the court but on. That would be unreal.
Party animal or mellow TV on the couch?
Party Animal morphing in to a mellow time with the little ones.
Any last words?
Umm. Thank You?